Rick Cheverton, a beekeeper in Knoxville, Tennessee just finished his wintertime project: four gorgeous homemade bee hives with all the accoutrements. Rick shares his thought process and explains some of the changes he made from standard designs. All text and photos below are courtesy of Rick. Winter’s work is done, and I’m just waiting for […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually includes the equipment that is needed and buying bees. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this hobby generally make a few mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers prevent making the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping business can prove to be a catastrophe. It can lead to some lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during the winter, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a new mountain of bees, which would cost more money. Autumn is another inferior time to begin beekeeping, since you will find fewer flowers, so a smaller amount of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are lots of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. That is a typical error made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would need to conserve money as much as possible, but buying used old and gear beekeeping novels is not a good idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling company. Second, information that is aged can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are better and more rapid methods to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think relating to this. If one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs, he/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective equipment is pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular item appears overly high-priced, always think about the end cost ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it’s up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.